Monthly Archives: May 2016

Food Diary: Thanh Long Vietnamese Restaurant, Surry Hills

Thang Long is an institution. Any restaurant that manages to last over a decade in Surry Hills, crowded with its restaurants and cafe, is showing some staying power. They turn out tasty, traditional Vietnamese food at fair prices. The flavours … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Bangbang Cafe, Surry Hills

There are many great things about Bangbang Cafe in Surry Hills. First of all, it’s a few minutes from my apartment. It’s a pleasure to pop over for coffee, meet folks there for business meetings, and recommend people who stay … Continue reading

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Paris Food Adventures: Le Pantruche, South Pigalle

This veal ravioli is a good example of what they do at the bistro Le Pantruche in Pigalle. Nicely plated, a beautiful balance of flavours, and a complex forest of ingredients, the greens and mushrooms, some foam, some sauce and … Continue reading

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Paris Food Adventures: Jeanne B, Montmartre

After living in Montmartre for five weeks, I think we only scratched the surface of all the bistros, restaurants and bars on offer. I’m not sure we were once disappointed, and how could we be with dishes like Croque Homard. … Continue reading

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Paris Food Adventures: East Side Burgers, 11th

Having failed to get into Deux Fois Plus de Piment (on a Friday night, of course this would happen without a reservation), we wandered back past the Boudin Noir on offer at Diablito Latino and decided to see what a … Continue reading

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Madrid Food Adventures: Churros at ChocolaterĂ­a San Gines

I had churros in Spain! And it was a funny little story to get there, as while I had this very place written down in my travel notes, I didn’t remember at the time when we were searching for it. … Continue reading

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Rome Food Adventures: Glass Hostaria

Now, isn’t that beautiful? This was the the second course of a ten-course dinner from Rome’s Glass Hostaria, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Trastevere, helmed by an Italian chef who did her training in the States (and has the American-sounding name … Continue reading

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Madrid Drinking Adventures: La Venencia

The first time I tried Spanish sherry, fino, sometimes known by one of its famous brand names, Tio Pepe, I found it sharp and dry and slightly unpleasant. This was when I was working at Expo 92 in Seville, in … Continue reading

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Madrid Food Adventures: Baco y Beto, Chueca

A weekend in Madrid, away from Paris, and what a lovely city… a relaxed and chilled atmosphere for eating and drinking and wandering around, and the temperature a few degrees warmer too. My pal Peter moved here about 7 years … Continue reading

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